Before the potential future Hall of Famer began his career in Chicago, if you mentioned the name Frank Thomas to a baseball fan, he’d think of the slugger who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1950s.
While the original Frank Thomas never got close to 500 home runs, he did hit 286 over his 16 year career and was a three-time All-Star. In 1962, Thomas became an original New York Met. As the team’s cleanup hitter, he batted .266 with 34 home runs and 94 RBI. Thomas’ single-season club record for home runs stood for 14 years until Dave Kingman broke it in 1976.
When I wrote to Frank Thomas this summer, he signed the cards I sent and included the one pictured here as well. He also included a short note, mentioning that he has a website, www.frankthomastheoriginalone.com